We got three games on the schedule tonight and even then we have some unfortunate injury news. Evan Turner fractured his third metacarpal on his right hand will probably miss 4-6 weeks. I talk a little bit about it later on. Apart from that, it was a shootout between C.J. McCollum and Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas. The Magic were also showcasing their talents of Vooch and Ibaka for potential trades since the trade deadline is coming soon. We got the the Nets and Hornets both desperately trying to end their losing streak. We also have news on Avery Bradley missing the road trip, which means four extra games missed. So let’s get to tonight’s games.
Nets 107 – Hornets 111
The Hornets held off a run from the desperate Nets team who wants to snap their nine-game losing streak. It took a communal effort for the Hornets to snap their own seven-game losing streak. Nicolas Batum stuffed the stat sheet with 17-8-4 with four steals, two triples and two blocks. He only hit 7-of-18 from the field but with stats like these, owners wouldn’t be complaining. Batum snapped a four-game streak with no steals and blocks so owners can breathe a sigh of relief. He’s only returning top-80 value in the last week with his field goal percentage hindering his value. Both Kemba Walker and Marco Belinelli also added 17 points but Kemba needed 20 shots to get there. Marvin Williams contributed to 14 points, nine boards and two blocks. He’s been solid, returning top-60 value in the last two weeks. Frank Kaminsky started again while Cody Zeller missed his seventh straight game. He was a GTD tonight so he’s definitely close to returning. Kaminsky finished with 12-11-5 with two triples and a steal in 33 minutes. However, he did shoot 4-of-17 from the field and 50 percent from the line. I’m guessing Zeller’s going to return next game but Kaminsky will always have some sort of value in deep leagues.
The Nets almost came back into this game but unfortunately, they suffered their 10th straight loss. Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 22 points, five boards and three triples in 30 minutes. He’s nothing but points, triples and some free throw contributions though. With Caris LeVert returning soon, Bojan might see a hit in usage. Brook Lopez added 20 points, five boards and four blocks. His name is also been thrown around in the rumour mill but I doubt the Nets will end up trading him as the asking price is two first-round picks, which no teams would give up for BroLo. The Nets play again tomorrow night and there might be a chance of Lopez resting but they’re pretty thin in the front court area with Quincy Acy going down. I’m guessing Lopez will play tomorrow night. Justin Hamilton added nine points, seven boards, two assists and a triple-one in 21 minutes. He’s still Lopez’s backup but he might see more minutes with Acy likely to miss some time. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson got the start at the power forward and finished with five points, seven boards and four blocks in 22 minutes. He’s still not worth owning to me.
Magic 104 – Rockets 128
James Harden had a subpar game yet the game wasn’t even that close. He finished with 25-6-13 with three triples and three steals on 6-of-21 shooting and 10-of-14 from the line. Yes, this is considered a subpar game on Harden’s standards so it speaks volume to what kind of season he’s having. He’ll bounce back. Trevor Ariza finally broke out of his slump by finishing with 20-7-4 with four triples and two steals. He was only averaging 5.8 points his last five games prior to this game so this is a good sign for Ariza owners. The buy-low window on Ariza may have been shut after this performance. Patrick Beverley also had his first good game in a while. He finished with 14-6-7 with a triple and a steal on 6-of-11 shooting in 29 minutes. It’s his first double-digit scoring game in seven games and he’s been also contributing to other categories, making him a top-60 player for the season. There was talk about Ryan Anderson happy that he can practice at home with and he’s more comfortable playing in Houston. Well, he dropped another dud tonight with six points on 2-of-7 shooting. He’s struggling mightily hard and floating a buy-low offer for him seems like a decent idea.
Nikola Vucevic finished with the line of the night as he had a double-double with 14-19-4 with three steals and a block in 30 minutes. Vooch is one of the players that’s being mentioned in the rumour mill since Magic stupidly traded for Ibaka and signed Biyombo in the offseason. Vooch’s value might take a hit when traded to another team. Serge Ibaka had a good game as he scored 28 points on 13-of-20 shooting. He also added eight boards, two triples and a block in 41 minutes. Aaron Gordon didn’t play in the second half and there was no Jeff Green tonight so Ibaka saw a lot of minutes tonight. It could also be inflating his stats to showcase him for a trade situation with another team. Ibaka’s value is going to take a hit if he gets traded. Aaron Gordon didn’t return in the second half with a sore right foot. X-rays were negative but he was spotted wearing a walking boot and will be evaluated tomorrow. He finished with seven points, four assists and two rebounds in 19 minutes. He should be listed as day-to-day for now.
Blazers 114 – Mavericks 113
What a game this was. Clutch basket after clutch basket. Both teams couldn’t miss but it was C.J. McCollum and the Blazers who came out on top of this one. C.J. finished with 32-2-3 with two triples and a steal on 13-of-21 shooting and perfect from the free throw line. He scored the Blazers’ last seven points to carry them to the W. He’s a top-20 player for the season and might actually get a little bump too now that Evan Turner is injured. Turner fractured his hand while playing defense and it’s the third metacarpal that he broke. The normal timeline for these sort of injuries is 4-6 weeks so we wouldn’t be seeing Turner until mid-March. Moe Harkless would get a nice bump and might even be inserted into the starting lineup. Allen Crabbe might also see a bump if points and triples are your thing. C.J. might get to see more play making duties as well. Damian Lillard finished with 29-5-6 with five triples and two steals on an efficient 12-of-22 shooting. That’s back-to-back 29 point games and Dame for the season has actually been disappointing. Hard to see how Dame will return first-round value for the rest of the season.
Mavericks were down the entire game until they seemingly made every basket down the stretch and were exchanging leads with the Blazers. Dirk Nowitzki was clutch as fudge and made two triples to give the Mavs the lead before C.J. did his thing. He finished with 25-5-3 with four triples and two blocks. Dirk playing center has actually yielded a lot of fantasy goodies. Dirk failed to reach double-digits in scoring in his last four games so it’s good to see him have no restrictions and play well on the second night of a back-to-back. Seth Curry finished with four points and three assists in 27 minutes tonight. He hurt his shoulder in the second half and they’re calling it a stinger. It doesn’t seem too serious and usually it’s only a day-to-day thing. He’s been balling before tonight’s dud so you can give him a pass. The Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri situation continues to be a heated mess. After having a really good performance last night, Powell failed to score in 12 minutes, while only grabbing two boards and adding a steal and a block. Mejri on the other hand, blocked three shots while adding six points and five boards in 15 minutes. As long as Dirk is in the mix, it’ll be hard for them to crack any fantasy value.
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